Occurrence of enteroviruses and rotaviruses in drinking water in Colombia

G. A. Toranzos, H. Hanssen, C. P. Gerba

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Finished drinking water samples were collected at several drinking water plants whose treatment included flocculation, sand filtration and chlorination. Drinking water samples were also collected from the taps of private homes, hotels and community taps. Out of eight samples of finished drinking water leaving the plants studied, three were found to contain enteric viruses. Rotaviruses were detected in two samples and enterovirus in one. Two of the samples containing enteric viruses also contained greater than 100 coliforms/100 ml. Rotaviruses were isolated from three tapwater samples and enteroviruses from one. All the tapwater samples which contained enteric viruses had visible turbidity and also contained coliform bacteria.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationWater Science and Technology
Number of pages6
StatePublished - 1986
EventHealth-Relat Water Microbiol 1986 - Rio De Janeiro, Braz
Duration: Aug 20 1986Aug 22 1986


OtherHealth-Relat Water Microbiol 1986
CityRio De Janeiro, Braz

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Water Science and Technology


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